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#1 of 27 Old 12-17-2009, 01:21 PM - Thread Starter
 
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Who else has big plans to make clothes for the baby?

My SIL had baby in October and we knew we were hoping to be pregnant again soon, so we worked out a deal where she paid for fabric and I sewed a lot of newborn diapers plus some shirts, gowns, and sleepers. Now she'll give all that stuff back to me. I got to make things while I felt good and she didn't have to pay for labor and now I have baby clothes for only the cost of my time. If I have a girl, I'll really be in luck because these days I'm sewing my niece lots of dresses.

I'd still like to sew at least another dozen newborn fitteds and start on 2 dozen or more small/mediums.

I have lots of longies and soakers from my first two kids but might make girly ones if I find out I'm having a girl.

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AmyRobyyne you rock. My mom sewed all of my clothes until I was 13. I also sewed and knitted before parenting. But since I was pregnant with my daughter I have not been able to get my sewing groove on. I always envisioned having a belly and knitting booties but I have fallen short. So how do I get back into it. I have more time now. I used to know alot but I don't know were to start. I would love to follow your work and get inspired.

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I most definitly have big plans for knitting lots of longies and covers for this lo. Also maybe some booties and a couple hats. As far as sewing, I'll be making a lot more cloth wipes and blankets. If I can get my act together with the 3 I already have running around I would love to sew a few onesies and sleepers, too.

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I'll be knitting longies, hats and booties for this baby, and hopefully be able to sew...DH got me a sewing machine for Christmas so we'll see. I love handmade stuff!

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I am hoping to do some homemade stuff for this little one. Knitted hats and maybe booties to match, and a blanket! I am a beginner at sewing but I may try a blanket, or quilt ... we will see! With my last 2 I tried to find out the sex and it just never happened so this one will likely be the same surprise, I am just sick of yellow, orange and green!

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As soon as I find out the gender my needles will be working as fast as possible to make blankets, longies, shorties, soakers, hats, booties, etc. I have all sorts of grand plans, but in reality will be lucky to complete 25% of the projects I'd like to. It doesn't help that I have a good friend and a SIL who are both due within 2-3 weeks of me that also need knitted baby goodies.

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elphaba, I have the same grand plans. i think that I'll try to stick with some GN items for the newborn and 0-3 mos sizes, just so we can hopefully hand down for our next child. am I alreaddy thinking about that?! (yup, after this little one, never preventing again.. but thats another thread.)

I got a few patterns at JoAnn when they were on sale for like $0.99 each! But, I havent followed a sewing pattern since junior high. (read: many many years ago) I have a sewing table and machine, and have been fantasizing about a serger for diaper projects. we'll see if i can fit that into the budget now. maybe Santa will bring me one?

So, I might take a sewing class, or ask my cousin to come teach me to use the patterns, and then I will make things.
I'll definitely make wipes, some fitteds, and soakers (got a great deal on MF for some soaker inners) and at least one or two receiving blankets, plus a quilt.

My goal is to also make a stroller/carrier quilt (smaller, not so bulky as a regular size quilt) some sleep sacks, and maybe if I am really nutty, some PUL covers, pocket dipes, and assorted other diaper paraphrenalia. can you tell i've been waiting for this?!

I also have some little jingle bells that are dying to be a part of little hand made stuffed baby blocks. (another MDC mama actually inspired these)

OK, so those are the "few" items... plus the things I want to crochet and use recycled wool. wow. i better get working!

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I am so psyched about knitting stuff for my next little one. This is the ONLY reason I want to find out the sex of the baby.

I want to make some soakers, soaker sacks, longies, booties, hats, blankets, sweaters. But considering that I only get about 10 minutes of knitting time per day, I'll be lucky if I get a couple soakers done before he/she arrives.
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i'm planning on making quilts and bedding for the baby, but i haven't decided if i'm going to cd this one. we're not doing any ultrasounds, so i've picked a neutral pallet to work with.

http://www.etsy.com/favorite_listing...ser_id=5511799

the first ten listings are the color pallet i'm going to use.

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i'm planning on making quilts and bedding for the baby, but i haven't decided if i'm going to cd this one. we're not doing any ultrasounds, so i've picked a neutral pallet to work with.

http://www.etsy.com/favorite_listing...ser_id=5511799

the first ten listings are the color pallet i'm going to use.
I love those colors, very nice, that amy butler fabric near the end is great.

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i want to knit somethings for the baby. i'm tempted to do longies, they intrigue me. probably also hats, a sweater, maybe booties.

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The only thing I sew (and sell ) are mama cloth. I really would love to learn how to knit, I've tried just don't really have a whole lot of time to devote to it right now and also would love to be able to sew from a pattern... for some reason I find that very complicated to do.

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I've already started planning my baby crafting in my head. I know I'll probably make several longies, although I knit a bunch when my 14 m/o was in utero. I am thinking maybe some in gender neutral colors, as I am not into finding out if this bean is a he or a she this time.

There's this super cute soaker I found on ravelry that I think I might knit up next. These just came off the needles so I can start another project.

I'm also going to make a baby kicking bag. I just need to find some yarn that I love to knit it up in.

I've got a bunch of sewing to do, too. I'm made all my kids a quilt before they were born so I've got to plan what I want to make and buy fabric for it. I'll probably make some summery shirts and bubble suits, too.

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I have lots of knitting plans for the baby. I'm not finding out the gender but happen to have a lot of "girly" colors in my stash...so if it's a boy I will just gift those that I don't think will work. I want to knit a few sweaters but for an August baby, newborn size might not be the best idea. I'm thinking 3-6 month sizes. I have a cool blanket planned, and want to knit this one-piece jumper thingy that is so cute...etc!

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I'm pretty sure we're not going to find out the sex of this baby, so I'm not sure what colors to pick for my knitting. White seems rather boring. And neither of babies looked great in yellow. Maybe green/brown/cream? I've been looking at longie patterns on Ravelry and they look so cute in stripes and worn with shirts.

I took out my box of baby clothes and realized I got rid of lots more than I thought. I have a few girl, a few boy and a few nuetral clothes in sizes 0-3 and 3-6. Definitely not enough for those early days of spitups and diaper blowouts. So I guess I could just make striped longies in whatever colors I like and buy shirts to match afterwards. I think I need to go look for a color palette inspiration...

For those of you who've used longies before, I assume I want super soft wool? and you wear these instead of pants right? how many do you find you need/use? and is superwash wool a good choice for longies? I'm thinking of getting some of this yarn.

eta: found my inspiration here . cream, celery green, oatmeal, brown. those colors all can interplay in many delicious combinations. i'll try to do 0-3 and 3-6 mo sizes before the baby's born. if this baby is a boy then i will have to get to work making 12mo and 18mo clothes.

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I have plans to sew it up too but I'm not very motivated lately since I'm tired all the time and lay on the couch after work before going to bed super early. I'm sure it will pass. Does anyone recommend any sewing patterns? I saw a diaper cover patter ad in mothering magazine I looked at...that's all I've seen. I'd like to make some onesies and stuff. I just made longies for a friend so I'm going to start a pair for my little one over the holiday. Are any of you on ravelry? It would be fun to have a side DDC so we can see what everyone is working on...

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I am on ravelry, dara00 over there too.

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I will be starting the new beans diaper stash soon--newborn sizes to start, all gender neutral until we find out the sex. I'll also make some outfits as well. If I get really inspired, I'll try to reteach myself to crochet and learn to knit and make some soakers/longies and shorties for the new bean.

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lets resurrect this thread!

who's started their projects?!

I made a pattern and cut fabric for one fitted diaper last night, in a fit of energy (that didnt last long enough to sew. ) I used a super soft t-shirt that was my dads for the inside, and one of DHs old polo shirts for the outside... and old towel for soaker.

I also made a pattern for a snap conversion for BGs last week. I'm all about the dipes these days.

other things I'm thinking of making are a wrap-style carrier/sling, and maybe one made of a non-stretchy thin fabric for next summer?

Might try my hand at making some preggo skirts too, just out of stretchy cotton.

we should post pics as things are completed... any interest?

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yes. let's share pattern names/books/locations as well. i'm intersted in making stuff but am NOT motivated to do anything lately.

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I haven't been motivated enough to get going, either. Which is why I made a lot last year while my SIL was pregnant (that she's been giving back to me). I didn't make a whole stash for her though, so if I don't want to buy more, I'll need to get moving eventually.

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last night I made 2 fitteds! (they are sort of a poor excuse, but I'm getting there.) I've never worked with elastic before, so this is all new to me.

I used an old polo shirt of DH's, it's like a butter yellow. the outside is soooo cute! and JoAnn Fabric is having a sale, 50% off of all the red tag fabrics- so I got 2.5 yds of cute cute cute flannel for $3.33.

Made the pattern from tracing around a BG fitted (which runs small, so I expanded that a little)for a size S, and then just reduced the dimensions to make an XS for NB stage. hopefully, i will be able to use that size! the sewing instructions I used were a combination of this and this. if my snaps E.V.E.R. come, then I will make them front snapping for NB and S, and side snapping for M and L sizes.

one fitted is basically just 4 layers of shirts, with a lay-in soaker. the other is a sewn in soaker, and I think i like the lay-in better. less bulky, and will dry way faster.

I also had some leftover pre-cut squares of flannel from making various baby quilts for friends, and serged about 5 wipes. will make more once I feel like cutting more flannel!

this weekend DH is away on business so i'll be a sewing fool when i'm not laying on the sofa.

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I would love to chat about crafts. I am holding out for the gender but I am hoping to make a messenger type diaper bag and possibly some more carriers (dh may flip his lid though). I will make some other things like boppy covers and burp cloths. I am thinking of embarking on the world of CDing but nervous about my ability to manage. I may try it in the beginning when I am home all the time and when we use the most diapers but not sure about when I go back to work full time. So if I do that I will be making CDs as well. Not sure what kind I will make but it sounds like PUL is a good material to use for covers and fleece is good for liners?

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I recently got a full time job, so time to sew is limited, though I do always have Sundays off. I finished 1 nb diaper for the bean--I have 16 outers and inners cut out from the free ddnb pattern, as well as 6 nb fattycakes cut out so far. I will try to serge some or all of them up this weekend and then work on some more and when I think I have enough, I'll work on a one size stash.

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I recently got a full time job, so time to sew is limited, though I do always have Sundays off. I finished 1 nb diaper for the bean--I have 16 outers and inners cut out from the free ddnb pattern, as well as 6 nb fattycakes cut out so far. I will try to serge some or all of them up this weekend and then work on some more and when I think I have enough, I'll work on a one size stash.
what is this ddnb pattern you speak of?! mind sharing? ETA: found it!

momongeon Do you have a pattern for carriers, or do you just use another as a reference? care to share the pattern if you have it? I'd love to make one or two!

yup- PUL is good for outers and wetbags (and changing pad covers if you're so inclined i guess) there are lots of stores online that sell it for a reasonable price. definitely shop around.

I'm doing mostly gender neutral stuff for the dipes and wipes and maybe most of the other things too, since I hope that it will last through several kiddos. I might also make some more boy-ish and some more girly things, since hopefully, we'll get at least one of each some day.
Although, these things lasting depends on if my shotty craftsmanship improves!!! HA! (it's not so bad)

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I have done quite a few wraps but here are my fav's This one I used with ds2 almost all the time. This is my most recent. I made it to sell but I will probably keep it b/c I love it so much. I just got about 2-3 yrds of what ever material I found that would be appropriate (crinkle cotton or one way stretch cotton). If I were making 2 I would get 5 yrds and make one long strip. With the 2-3 yrds I would cut in half If it is 45" I would not trim any thing off in fact it may even be too narrow depending on the size if the baby. I use 60" cut into 2 30"x2-3yrd I french seam the center then place a panel.

Sorry this is a bad pic for this carrier but for pouch slings I used an online free pattern. it was pretty easy. I made mine reversible one side stretch denim the other was a calico print or something.

ETA here is the site I used for the pouch sling and there are so many more!!!!

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I will be making some fitteds in the coming weeks. I have some great velcro fitted patterns that have worked well in the past and are a quick easy pattern to follow even if you kinda blow the pattern off like I do .

If anyone would like I could email them... I have patterns in sizes NB, 1,2,3,4,5, and 6. I've emailed them before w/ success.

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